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Ocean View High’s Salazar becomes second OC girl to score varsity TD
Ocean View High School sophomore Isis Salazar went out for the football team this season and earned a spot on the varsity as a backup running back although she had no football experience. She topped that accomplishment Friday night when she scored a touchdown on a 4-yard run in the fourth quarter of the Seahawks’ 36-16 win over visiting Temecula Prep. Salazar is believed to be only the second girl to score a touchdown in an Orange County varsity football game. Samantha Ho scored for Tesoro — also on a 4-yard run — in a 2015 game. Ho is still involved with football, working for NFL Films.


Placentia-Yorba Linda school board considers critical race theory ban amid broader battle
Activists decried the board’s latest move during a press conference before the meeting, while members defended an existing inclusive curriculum.

L.A., San Diego school districts are sued over student vaccination mandate
California’s two largest school districts — Los Angeles and San Diego — are targeted in lawsuits challenging their student COVID-19 vaccination mandates, alleging the vaccines are too new and that unvaccinated children face discrimination and the denial of their equal right to a public education. Both school systems were ahead of the state in requiring student vaccines as a measure to make campuses safer and to limit spread of the coronavirus in the community — and their mandates are more comprehensive than the state requirement, which has yet to be codified into law.


Sacramento school district votes to mandate COVID vaccines for students and staff
The Sacramento City Unified School District board voted at a special meeting Tuesday night to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for all eligible students and staff.


Bonita High School students revive historic La Verne truck
In teacher Rob Zamboni’s advanced auto class at Bonita High School, students work on cars as part of a semester-long project. This year, they will be under the hood of a vehicle that left its imprint on La Verne, a faded green 1938 International D-35 truck.


Nearly half of money for high-needs students not getting to their schools, analysis finds
Diverting funds intended for California’s high-needs students for other spending “dampens” the potential to significantly close the achievement gap between high-poverty and low-poverty students, new research from the Public Policy Institute of California has found. School districts on average are directing only 55 cents of every dollar of extra funding from the Local Control Funding Formula to the schools that high-needs students who generate the money attend, research fellow Julien Lafortune concluded in a policy brief and full report.

What's next for California education? New laws and vetoes
Sunday, Oct. 10, was the deadline for Gov. Gavin Newsom to sign or veto bills passed by the Legislature in this session. This year, the Legislature’s focus on education was on Covid-related bills and on a record-high state budget, which includes tens of billions of new and one-time spending, along with policy decisions on how to spend the money.


Long-term NAEP scores for 13-year-olds drop for first time since testing began in 1970s — ‘a matter for national concern,’ experts say
Thirteen-year-olds saw unprecedented declines in both reading and math between 2012 and 2020, according to scores released this morning from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Consistent with several years of previous data, the results point to a clear and widening cleavage between America’s highest- and lowest-performing students and raise urgent questions about how to reverse prolonged academic stagnation. The scores offer more discouraging evidence from NAEP, often referred to as “the Nation’s Report Card.”

National teen test scores slip for the first time — and it's not due to Covid
The students who struggle the most with the exam have fallen further behind, a worrisome result that suggests learning loss exacerbated by the pandemic could be catastrophic.

Substitute teacher shortage pushes local districts to raise daily pay rate
School districts across Southern California are in need of substitute teachers. Arcadia Unified School District has been trying to recruit substitutes for all 11 of its schools. The district started the year with 167 substitute teachers and needs to hire about 30 more. Chief Communications Officer Ryan Foran said other staff members have had to fill in. “There were times when we would have to have an assistant principal or an administrator fill in in a classroom as a substitute teacher so that takes them away from their duties,” Foran said.

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